RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to divert money which may have been used for killing badgers on a few farms to fund badger vaccination on a wider scale instead, and praised the decision to continue to focus largely on cattle measures, as the fight against the spread of Bovine TB continues.

The Welsh Government has this week announced a 12-week consultation focussed on a refreshed approach to Wales’ TB Eradication Programme.

Proposals include exploring the appropriate … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has praised Marks & Spencer’s “fantastic commitment to animal welfare” as it becomes the first major retailer to exclusively stock slower-growing, higher welfare chicken across its fresh produce range. 

In a first-of-its-kind move, M&S will expand its slower-growing, higher welfare chicken stock to cover all of its fresh chicken products by Autumn 2022.

All M&S fresh chicken will also be labelled RSPCA Assured – the charity’s dedicated farm animal welfare assurance scheme, promoting better welfare outcomes throughout a … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has called on the UK and Welsh Governments to follow suit as the European Commission makes the “incredible” pledge to propose phasing out cage systems for a variety of farmed animals.

The Commission has today (30 June) announced their response to the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) ‘End the Cage Age’ which saw backing from more than 1.4m citizens, including over 54,000 from the UK.

The ECI urged the Commission to propose legislation to prohibit the use of … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru have rescued a lamb in the Llŷn Peninsula who was stuck on a cliff edge without grazing and being pecked by birds.

The animal welfare charity was alerted after walkers spotted the sheep stranded on the ledge at the Trefor Sea Stacks.

No grazing was available on the cliff edge for the lamb, while she was surrounded by nesting shag birds who would peck her every time she moved.

The young sheep was in urgent need of help … Continue reading…

A 12-strong team of RSPCA officers – including rope rescue specialists – have saved three sheep trapped precariously on a steep cliff edge at Dinas Island in West Wales.

The sheep had become trapped on the cliff above the sea with very limited grazing available and were in “serious jeopardy”.

Remarkable drone footage shows the extent of the sheep’s plight – and the size of the drop to the sea below.

RSPCA officers abseiled down to reach the sheep, and … Continue reading…